Las Vegas Events Reaches Agreement with the Thomas & Mack Center to Continue Hosting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Modernization at the arena to enhance the experience for rodeo fans

LAS VEGAS – July 28, 2015 – For thirty consecutive years, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has been held at the Thomas & Mack Center. That streak will continue as Las Vegas Events has reached an agreement with the Thomas & Mack Center to host the Wrangler NFR for a length of up to ten years. In 2015, the rodeo will run from Dec. 3 – 12.

The agreement mirrors the extension that LVE and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority signed with the PRCA in January 2014 that keeps the world’s richest and most prestigious rodeo in Las Vegas through 2024.

First held at the Thomas & Mack Center in 1985, the Wrangler NFR has become a December tradition in Las Vegas. In 2014, the event reached an all-time total attendance record of 177,565.

“In our thirty year run in Las Vegas, the Thomas & Mack Center has been our only home,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “There are no sightlines in sports as good as those in this arena. The major improvements they are making will greatly enhance the experience for our fans.”

The arena is undergoing a $72 million modernization that includes increased ADA seating, improved ingress/egress with additional entry points into the arena and new seats. Fans will also find new and increased number of restrooms, concessions stands and concourse finishes. In addition, the arena will have a new escalator, concourse space and improved hospitality, with ample meeting space and a 36,000-square foot addition that will overlook the Las Vegas Strip.

“We are very excited to continue this great relationship with Las Vegas Events and the Wrangler NFR,” said Mike Newcomb, the director of the Thomas & Mack Center. “To be able to host one of the premier events in all the world and to work with such great people is a true honor.”

Sold out for 280 consecutive performances, the Wrangler NFR attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding as they compete for a share of the $10 million purse. Qualification is based on the 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.

For more information on the Wrangler NFR, please visit or through social media at /LasVegasNFR and use #WranglerNFR.

About Las Vegas Events
Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. Founded in 1982, LVE is funded by hotel room tax. Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events.
About the Wrangler NFR
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), considered the world’s premier rodeo, features 10 straight days of the best in rodeo competition, with a total of 120 contestants competing every night in seven events. Each December, the top 15 contestants, based on the 2015 PRCA World Standings, in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding qualify to compete at the Wrangler NFR.
About the Thomas & Mack Center
The Thomas & Mack Center is an 18,500+ seat arena located on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. One of the busiest venues in Las Vegas, the Thomas & Mack Center is home to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team and host to some of the most exciting live events such as the National Finals Rodeo, Championship Boxing, PBR World Finals, Disney On Ice, NBA Summer League, USA Basketball, Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus, and more. Built in 1983, the Thomas & Mack Center is celebrating over 30 years of excellence in entertainment.